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Disability and Political Theory


Deborah Stone, Barbara Arneil, Nancy J. Hirschmann, Lucas Pinheiro, Stacy Clifford Simplican, Joan Tronto, Kathy E. Ferguson, Lorraine Krall McCrary, Theresa Lee, Eileen Hunt Botting, Sue Donaldson, Will Kymlicka, Rogers M. Smith
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  • Date Published: December 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107165694

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  • Though disability scholarship has been robust in history, philosophy, English, and sociology for decades, political theory and political science more generally have been slow to catch up. This groundbreaking volume presents the first full-length book on political theory approaches to disability issues. Barbara Arneil and Nancy J. Hirschmann bring together some of the leading scholars in political theory to provide a historical analysis of disability through the works of canonical figures, ranging from Hobbes and Locke to Kant, Rawls and Arendt, as well as an analysis of disability in contemporary political theory, examining key concepts, such as freedom, power and justice. Disability and Political Theory introduces a new disciplinary framework to disability studies, and provides a comprehensive introduction to a new topic of political theory.

    • Disability is an exploding field in other disciplines, but has been virtually ignored by political theory and political science more broadly - this is the first volume to combine these fields
    • Combines contemporary political theory with historical analysis
    • Features contributions from leading experts in the joint fields of political theory and disability studies
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    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107165694
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Deborah Stone
    1. Disability and political theory: an introduction Barbara Arneil and Nancy J. Hirschmann
    2. Disability in political theory versus international practice: redefining equality and freedom Barbara Arneil
    3. The ableist contract: intellectual disability and the limits of justice in Kant's political thought Lucas Pinheiro
    4. Disavowals of disability in Rawls's Theory of Justice and his critics Stacy Clifford Simplican
    5. Disabling barriers, enabling freedom Nancy J. Hirschmann
    6. Disability and violence: another call for democratic inclusion and pluralism Joan Tronto
    7. Dyslexia manifesto Kathy E. Ferguson
    8. Hannah Arendt and disability: natality and the right to inhabit the world Lorraine Krall McCrary
    9. Connecting the disconnect: mental disorder and political disorder Theresa Lee
    10. Wollstonecraft, Hobbes, and the rationality of women's anxiety Eileen Hunt Botting
    11. Rethinking membership and participation in an inclusive democracy: cognitive disability, children, animals Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka
    12. Rethinking 'cure' and 'accommodation' Nancy J. Hirschmann and Rogers M. Smith.

  • Editors

    Barbara Arneil, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Barbara Arneil is Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and the author of John Locke and America (1996), Feminism and Politics (1999), Diverse Communities: The Problem with Social Capital (Cambridge, 2006), and a co-edited anthology entitled Sexual Justice/Cultural Justice (2006). Scholarly recognition includes the Harrison Prize (best article published in Political Studies), the Rockefeller Fellowship in Bellagio, C. B. MacPherson Prize (shortlist) and Killam Research and Teaching Prizes.

    Nancy J. Hirschmann, University of Pennsylvania
    Nancy J. Hirschmann is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and has published many books and articles in feminist theory and disability theory, including The Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom (2003), Gender, Class and Freedom in Modern Political Theory (2008), and Civil Disabilities: Citizenship, Membership, and Belonging (2015), co-edited with Beth Linker.


    Deborah Stone, Barbara Arneil, Nancy J. Hirschmann, Lucas Pinheiro, Stacy Clifford Simplican, Joan Tronto, Kathy E. Ferguson, Lorraine Krall McCrary, Theresa Lee, Eileen Hunt Botting, Sue Donaldson, Will Kymlicka, Rogers M. Smith

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